Raiders Will Look To Remain Atop AFC West With Prime Time Win In Washington Sunday Night.
Terrell White – Sep 23, 2017
Holla At Me Raider Nation!
Another week, and another Raider victory!! I don't know about you brothers and sisters, but I certainly am getting used to this!! (ahhh, it's good to have the boys just winning again baby!!) Last Sunday (despite more then one questionable penalty against our squad) we were able to shoot down the New York Jets. This weekend it's a different team, the Washington Redskins but it should be the same result (a Raider victory).
Raiders On Defense.
Once again the Raider defensive game plan should be a simple one. While in a somewhat better situation then Titan signal caller M. Mariota was last weekend, the Oakland defense is facing a quarterback in Kirk Cousins that should not be able to beat them with his arm alone.This also means that once again the Raider run defense is going to be tested; This weekend probably even more then it was last.
If Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is going to be without one of his favorite targets, tight end Jordan Reed that would be a huge break for our defense (to say the least); A defense which still hasn't proven that they have an aptitude for covering top flight tight ends. Moreover, the Washington signal caller has already lost targets Pierre Garson, and DeSean Jackson (to free agency). To make matters worse (or better in our case -- it's all a matter of perspective) Cousins has yet to develop any real chemistry with current wide outs Josh Doctson, or former Raider / Cleveland Brown Terrelle Pryor.
Last weekend the Redskins looked to (and did) punch the Los Angles Rams defensive line in the mouth. Despite the fact that the Rams have a pretty stout front, Washington was able to run the ball effectively (and win the game) utilizing Rob Kelley. Furthermore, even when Kelley got shaken up, the Washington running game was still effective with Samaje Perine filling in. This weekend in Washington not only with the Oakland defense need to focus on them, they will also need to keep their eye on the versatile Chris Thompson. In week two the Redskin running back had over 100 total yards from scrimmage, and scored two touchdowns; In sticking with this theme Washington ran the ball almost 40 times for over 200 yards! Expect the Redskins to try and control the contest utilizing their ground game tactic this weekend against our Raiders.
Raiders On Offense.
Other then once again looking to get running back Marshawn "Beat Mode" Lynch his carries, and stealing control of the game expect Raider signal caller Derek Carr to make an effort to exploit injured (suffered shoulder sprain last weekend) Washington defensive back Josh Norman. Other then his star receiver(s) facing an injured defensive back, a strong running game is a quarterbacks best friend. Sunday, Derek Carr will have both. Not only will he be facing an injured Josh Norman, he will have a top 5 rushing attack (140+ yard per game) watching his back.
The Sunday Night match up will also provide a spot light for the Raider offensive line. Nothing (good) happens on offense if the line is not performing well. With the Raiders currently among the undefeated, and scoring a league high 71 points over two games, you could say the offensive line has performed well. Not only have they protected Derek Carr; In two games Carr has thrown zero interceptions, and 5 touchdowns. The line has not been the cause of any drive killing touchdowns (only two penalties called on them is two games).
Keep Ya Eye On.
This, as we know is going to be a Prime-Time ( and I don't mean Deion Sanders ) game. The Nation, and I don't just mean the one, and only football nation (RAIDER NATION) will be watching. The heat will be on, and the lights will be bright. Last weekend on the road the Redskins stepped up. They controlled the clock, they forced turnovers, and they made the crucial plays necessary to get a win on the road; Let's hope the Silver & Black can do the same.`
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